27 Mar 2007
I've been looking forward to writing this post for quite some time - I finished reading War and Peace yesterday!! Hence the Russian phrase for 'war and peace is finished' in today's title. This is a pretty big landmark for me, as I've been wanting to get through all of Tolstoy's opus for a long time. Other attempts have been valiant, but ultimately doomed (I think page 300 was the furthest I got eleven years ago), but I've finally managed to read it all, starting with page 1 in July 2006, and ending with page 1444 yesterday (26th March 2007). After all this time, was it worth the effort? Most definitely!! War and Peace is the single greatest work of literature I have ever read, breathtaking in it's scope, and penetrating in detail. I'll probably write a few more posts about it's content in months to come, but for now I'm just basking in the enjoyment of having fulfilled one of my big life goals (sad man that I am!).